The Puppy Bowl is back for folks who care more about animals than football on Super Bowl Sunday.
Puppy Bowl XVI will star nearly 100 puppies from shelters around the country, including seven from Pennsylvania in the starting lineup and more on the sidelines. This year, Dog Bowl III, including five pups from Pennsylvania, will be shown before the puppy plays on Animal Planet.
Pre-game coverage for the show starts at 2 p.m. and the game starts at 3 p.m., before the Super Bowl at 6:30 p.m. Fans can watch an early premiere of the pregame show Sunday, Jan. 26 on Animal Planet GO. The dog bowl will air Saturday, Feb. 1 at 8 p.m.
Here are the Pennsylvania dogs expected on the field. Click through to learn more about each dog.
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Kenny, on the starting lineup for Team Ruff, is a 13-week-old golden retriever/boxer from Animal Friends, Pittsburgh.
Kingery, on the starting lineup of Team Fluff, is a 13-week-old boxer-American Staffordshire terrier from Providence Animal Center, Media.
Coach, on the starting lineup of Team Fluff, is an 18-month-old treeing walker coonhound-boxer mix from Morris Animal Refuge, Philadelphia.
Michael Scott, a back-up pup on Team Ruff, is a 12-week-old American Staffordshire Terrier/beagle/pug/bulldog from Harley’s Haven Dog Rescue in Perkasie.
Luna, a back-up pup on Team Fluff, is a 20-week-old Australian cattle dog/lab/chowchow/German shepherd from Center for Animal Health and Welfare, Easton.
Bam Bam, a backup pup on Team Ruff, is a 19-week-old beagle from Brandywine Valley SPCA.
Artemis, a backup pup on Team Ruff, is a 20-week old chihuahua-rat terrier from ACCT Philadelphia.
Linus, on Team Ruff's starting lineup, is a 14-week-old pomeranian/miniature poodle adopted from New Life Animal Rescue and now living in Collegeville.
Tia is a 4-year-old black lab from Providence Animal Center and will be in the Dog Bowl.
Honey is a 7-year-old golden retriever from 1Love4Animals, Southeastern and will be in the Dog Bowl.
Hammy is a 7-year-old beagle from Good Old Tails Senior Animal Rescue, Seven Valley and will be in the Dog Bowl.
Bette is an 8-year-old king spaniel from 1Love4Animals, Southeastern and will be in the Dog Bowl.
Bear is a 5-year-old Australian shepherd from 1Love4Animals, Southeastern and will be in the Dog Bowl.
This year’s puppy bowl will feature five special needs players that need homes, including Ferris, a three-legged labrador retriever mix; two hearing-impaired dogs: Kismet, a great dane, and Paprika, a chihuahua mix; Filbert, a blind and hearing-impaired Shetland Sheepdog mix and Rooster, an American staffordshire terrier/bulldog mix with a cleft palate.
The show’s not just for the dogs. The Kitty Halftime Show returns. One of the kittens featured, Fruit Bat, comes from Morris Animal Refuge in Philadelphia.
Three bouncing Nigerian dwarf goats will cheer on the players. They’ll be joined by three armadillo cheerleaders. Plus, Surge, the hamster, will power the scoreboard with a hamster wheel.